Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Desert



"I don't see the desert as barren at all; I see it as full and ripe.  It doesn't need to be flattered with rain.  It certainly needs rain, but it does with what it has, and creates amazing beauty."  -  Joy Harjo

The first time I visited the desert I was in my early 20's...and I didn't like it.


I was born and raised in the Midwest, corn country, really flat land, and also really green land in the spring, summer and fall.  Winter was a different story, if the land wasn't covered in white it was brown.  Brown to me meant nothing living, or growing.  

When I first saw the desert I saw only the brown sand and pale green cactus, there may have been other colors but they were not as vibrant as I was use to.  I really didn't think much of anything could live there, how wrong I was...  


My next visit to the desert I started to look closer and began to see its beauty and wonderfully balanced ecosystem.  The plants and animals that make the desert home are quite resilient creatures...really just being themselves...exactly where they belong.

Now I love the desert and its inhabitants...although I wouldn't want to see a rattlesnake. :)

I wish I could tell you these photographs were taken in the desert, but they weren't.  I was visiting Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati, Ohio last week and had fun with my macro lens in the desert room...while wishing I was actually in the desert... 

Thank you for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Michelle

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Seasons Change...



"The seasons are what a symphony ought to be: four perfect movements in harmony with each other."  -  Arthur Rubinstein


It happens every year...
The days get shorter,
The sun lower in the sky,


The leaves fall from the trees,
The yellow leaves letting go first,
The red leaves being more stubborn to fall.


The temperature gets colder,
The flip flops get put away,
The warmer clothes come out,


And the Christmas decorations begin to emerge...

As the years go by, I notice more of the delightful nuances in the changing seasons.  Instead of here-we-go-again, I find myself noticing miracles in my day.  I am not sure if I am becoming more patient, or just not so wrapped up in my to-do list, so my eyes, and mind, can take time to notice the wonderful changes around me.  Maybe as I get older I also realize I should appreciate the time I am given here...


Whatever the reason, I believe embracing the changing seasons, even loving the ones I don't particularly like, will help me accept other changes in my life which can't be altered, only accepted.  Change is inevitable, it is up to me to adapt or get grumpy. I would rather be happy, so I guess adapting and finding the good in it all is the only way to go...in life and seasons...being more like a yellow leaf, than a red leaf holding on for too long...

Thank you for stopping by!
Have a beautiful day!

Michelle



Friday, November 18, 2016

Not Quite Lost



"Sooner or later we must realize there is no station, no one place to arrive at once and for all.  The true joy of life is the trip."  -  Robert J. Hastings
"There are no wrong turnings, only paths we had not known we were 
meant to walk."-  Guy Gavriel Kay


We took a wrong turn.

We went south for a few miles instead of north while traveling on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina...but that's ok...  

Look what we found...fog.



I want to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I hope you have a day filled with delicious food and a heart full of love and gratitude. 

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Michelle




Thursday, November 10, 2016

Cookbooks



"Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it."  -  Julia Child


I like to look at food pictures in cookbooks and magazines.  I love the dark and moody ones as well as the light and airy ones.  Some of my favorite cookbooks at the moment:  Adventures in Chicken, Near & Far, The Homemade Kitchen and Oh She Glows Every Day.

The dark wood and the white marble both appeal to me.  I have dark wood for a photography background, but always thought my dreams of white marble pictures would never happen because I don't have a kitchen with white marble counter tops...enter Ink & Elm Backdrops.  I was searching Etsy and found their shop full of vinyl backdrops.  I chose the Classic White Marble 3x2.  (See it here) I have a table 3 feet by 2 feet the backdrop fits on perfectly.  They have so many options I am not sure I will be able to stop with just one backdrop.  I do like how the background turned out in my photographs, and it is certainly cheaper than remodeling my kitchen. :)


My husband, John, has been eating gluten free, so I thought I would surprise him with a treat.  I found a gluten free recipe for madeleines at Art of Gluten Free Baking.  (I know...all these cookbooks and I find a recipe online.)  They tasted great and I think the madeleines are very photogenic. :)

Do you have a favorite cookbook you love to look at?

Thank you for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Michelle



Friday, November 4, 2016

A Grateful Life



"There are only two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle."  -  Albert Einstein


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Top Ten Comments



"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." 
-  L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
"It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon." 
                                              -  Sarah Addison Allen, First Frost
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." 
-  Albert Camus


Top ten repeated comments this past week:

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Little Tart



"The whole world is an art gallery when you're mindful.  There are beautiful things everywhere and they're free."  -  Charles Tart


It all started with the pears...

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Collecting



"Collect things you love that are authentic to you, and your house becomes your 
story."  -  Erin Flett, Designer


I like to collect old things to photograph.